The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) recognizes the importance of working collaboratively with industry to meet the needs of the Society’s membership. In an effort to provide more opportunities for STS meeting attendees to benefit from their relationships with industry, the Society has established policies that allow educational and other programs offered by industry—and not developed or sponsored by STS—to be held in conjunction with STS meetings. These programs include educational activities, receptions, meal functions, investigator meetings, and focus groups. These policies have been developed to facilitate overall meeting planning and for the benefit of STS members. Industry-sponsored activities that take place concurrently with the STS Annual Meeting and within 48 hours before or after it (i.e., from January 19 to January 27, 2017) and are targeted at STS meeting attendees may not take place without STS written approval and must adhere to this policy document. (Note: Exhibitors wishing to have employee meetings may request space from STS by using the meeting space request form in the exhibitor service kit. These requests should be made by December 30, 2016, and will be honored on a space-available basis at the discretion of STS.) Please note for planning purposes that the latest deadline for applying to hold a satellite activity is December 30, 2016.
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has established a process that allows non-industry-sponsored activities,
including business meetings and social events, to be held in conjunction with the STS Annual Meeting. This guidance has been developed to facilitate overall meeting planning and for the benefit of STS members. Nonindustry sponsored satellite activities that take place concurrently with the STS Annual Meeting (i.e., between January 21-25, 2017) and are targeted at STS meeting attendees must adhere to the guidance provided in this document. In addition, please note that non-industry-sponsored satellite activities may not take place within 48 hours before or after this period without prior STS written approval.
For more information, please contact, Samantha McCarthy, Industry Relations Manager at smccarthy [at] sts [dot] org or (312) 202-5869.